1. This is a global competition open to all plant scientists in the early stages of their career and includes students and any researcher with up to five years’ experience since gaining / defending their PhD. The number of years’ experience excludes career breaks and should be calculated back from the closing date of the competition.


2. A reference must be provided by a scientist who has agreed to support your application. This statement can be up to 500 words and should include reasons for why you are supportive of the applicant and why their research is important.


3. Professors Amy Austin (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Liam Dolan (Oxford, UK), Alistair Hetherington (Bristol, UK), Elena Kramer (Harvard, USA) and Natalia Requena (Karlsrhue, Germany) will judge the first round of the competition. They will also select the winner from those finalists whose articles are accepted for publication; advice from Editors and reviewers will be sought to ensure equal treatment across a broad range of subjects.


4. Papers submitted for the second round must be single-authored by the applicant and will be handled by a relevant New Phytologist subject Editor and sent for external peer review as for any regular submission to the journal New Phytologist. The reviewers will however be informed that the paper is competing for the Tansley Medal.


5. All short reviews have a word limit of 2000 words (this refers to the main body of text and excludes Title page, Summary, References and Figure/Table legends) and they can include up to four display elements and 40 references. Articles must conform to all other requirements of the standard Author guidelines for New Phytologistattention to these details is essential.